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When Dr. Indiana Jones – the tweed-suited professor who just happens to be a celebrated archaeologist – is hired by the government to locate the legendary Ark of the Covenant, he finds himself up against the entire Nazi regime.
It slips through the fingers. Its light, constantly shifting from one area to another as the wind beckons and the sun radiates. Beneath the sand however, is something entirely different. It isn't light, it isn't insubstantial, it isn't ever-present; it is something heavy, dark, and musty.
Like the tombs ridden with spiders, like the cities hidden with suspicious characters, like the islands overflowing with Nazis; Raiders of the Lost Ark thrives on secrets. The core of every Indiana Jones adventure is kept alive by history, and its reputation to cover up. Civilizations are lost, artifacts are misplaced, rumors and bedtime stories are spread; and as a result, history is perfect for providing the groundwork for an adventure film.…
I was recently posed the question; ‘what is the greatest blockbuster of all time?’ It is a question I pondered for barely a second before answering: Raiders of the Lost Ark.
It’s hard to think of a film filled with more iconic moments. In one movie Spielberg, and to his credit, Lucas, have managed to create more iconic images and lines of dialogue in a single film than most filmmakers achieve in a lifetime: the boulder dash, retrieving the hat, the melting face, sword vs. gun, the snake pit. I could easily go on, practically every sequence in the film has at least one standout moment that has become part of the public’s consciousness.
Yet a film made up of…
Although Steven Spielberg's Jaws gets the distinction of being the very first blockbuster in cinema history, the blueprint of modern blockbuster filmmaking was brought to life by none other than Spielberg's early 1980s action-adventure, Raiders of the Lost Ark, which didn't just become one of the finest examples of its genre but even today remains one of the most enjoyable & entertaining works of this esteemed director's extensive career.
Set in the year of 1936, Raiders of the Lost Ark concerns an archaeologist & adventurer named Indiana Jones who is hired by the US government to find the Ark of the Covenant after learning that the Führer is after the same biblical artifact which, according to him, would make his army an…
Riddle me this batman! What do you get when you pare to of the greatest talents at the time of the late seventies, and have them work on a completely new IP to pay tribute to the classics that they grew up with? You'd get what many have regarded as the greatest adventure movie of all time, "Raiders of the Lost Ark"!
"But, you just answered the riddle for yourself."........wait, I did?.....SHIT!! OKAY! RESTART REVIEW! *Clears throat* Riddle me this Batma! "GET ON WITH IT!"
......fine then. *grumbles* You guys are no fun.
But you know what is fun? The "Indian Jones" Movies! Now unlike some of the other Spielberg movies, of course I've seen these! I mean, who HASN'T…
Quite possibly the best adventure film of all time.
“It's not the years, honey, it's the mileage.”
So I’m continuing to write these short reviews for some of my favorite films which I’ve never had a chance to comment on. It’s about time I give Steven Spielberg some love for one of the earliest films I have the memory of seeing. I don’t know how old I was when I first watched Raiders of the Lost Ark, but if my memory isn’t playing a trick on me I have to say this is the first movie I actually fell in love with (perhaps it has to do with the fact that it was released on my birth year). Raiders, First Blood, The Goonies, Romancing the Stone, Back to the…
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I don’t like to pass up seeing a good movie on a big screen. Indiana Jones holds a special place for me, but I’d never seen it ‘the way it was meant to be seen.’ It’s interesting how successful that movie is, despite the exposition left on the cutting room floor. What really surprised me, though, was the tears I felt in my eyes during the scene with Marion and Indy in Katanga’s cabin. Why that scene, I don’t know, but I’ll always welcome some tears of joy.
The great start of a massive trilogy. An excellent combination between smarts and action.
The Last Crusade is my favourite Indy film, and has been for years, but I'm starting to have doubts about that now.
Top fucking film this. Every action set peice in the film is magnificent and beautifully directed by Spielberg, filled with some great humour within the choreographed fighting.
The opening scene here is probably one of the best of all time. Even though I've seen the film about a million times, it still has me on the edge of my seat, as do most of the scenes in the film actually.
The first hour of Raiders is a mixture of great sequences, such as the one I just mentioned, as well as the famous Gun vs. Sword scene, and…
Time to revisit another Steven Spielberg film. This time it's his glorious and timeless classic "Raiders of the Lost Ark". It is probably the definitive action and adventure film of the 80s and it is surprising to see that very few other films have been able compete with it since its release. It borrows ideas from older action films and makes them bolder and grander in just about every aspect. Decades later and it still holds up extremely well, so well that young kids should still be watching this. Plus we also have the then young and dazzling Harrison Ford who perfectly embodies the Indiana Jones character. Needless to say, this film heavily impacted society and culture when it was…
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It wasn't until Alfred Molina died in the first scene that I realized I had never seen Raiders of the Lost Ark before. It's cultural influence on Western media had been so powerful and comprehensive that I had created a pretty vivid memory of half-paying attention to it during some public holiday in my childhood that I now realize is utter bullshit.
Anyway, this is the platonic ideal of the 'adventure movie' that all other films in the genre should seek to emulate.
By 1981, Harrison Ford had gotten on the radar of geeky kids like me because of his role as Han Solo in the first two "Star Wars" films. And while this was a slightly different genre than those films, the swashbuckling adventure from the minds of George Lucas and Director Steven Spielberg was ever-present, and made Indiana Jones an instant classic character in American cinema!
Blending the setting of "Casablanca" with adventurous tones from "Jason and the Argonauts," this film made many little boys want to become archaeologists, even if they weren't exactly sure what that meant (or that real archaeologists don't have the types of life-threatening adventures like Indy did)!
This is the highest Spielberg film on my All-Time Favorites list, and one of the most re-watchable films of the 20th Century! Long live Indiana Jones!
I damn wish I'd seen this 10 years earlier.
My favorite film of all time. Also probably the movie I have seen the most times (coming in second is "Goodfellas").
All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1187. An easy way of seeing how…
Because PG-13 is the devil
PG movies with adult themes that could be R-Rated edgy
Granted most were released before…